Khor al-Udeid

Country/territory: Qatar

IBA criteria met: B1i (1994)
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Area: 12,000 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2013 high not assessed not assessed
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Site description (baseline)
A very large tidal inlet with sandy islands, in the south-east corner of Qatar.

Key biodiversity
Breeding species include Pandion haliaetus and Sterna caspia (1 pair, October 1981). In winter, large concentrations of Phoenicopterus ruber are reported to occur, and significant numbers of other waterbirds may also occur, including Phalacrocorax carbo, P. nigrogularis, waders and gulls Larus and terns Sterna.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: unidentified whales recorded, possibly Balaenoptera edeni (K). The area may be an important feeding ground for dolphins. Reptiles: the site may be an important feeding ground for sea-turtles (globally threatened).

Information compiled by M. I. Evans.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Khor al-Udeid. Downloaded from on 31/05/2023.